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Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching

Staying in school: Hong Kong amateur Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching advances to second stage of LPGA qualifying

The 22-year-old finished at three-over-par at Rancho Mirage, California, and was among 92 players in the field of 347 to advance to next test in October

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 August, 2016, 1:46pm
UPDATED : Monday, 29 August, 2016, 11:03pm

Hong Kong amateur Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching has passed the first test in her attempt to join the LPGA Tour and turn professional.

Only a week after playing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Chan finished in a tie for 46th at the first qualifying stage at Rancho Mirage, California, and was among 92 players in the field of 347 to advance to second stage in October. The final round is in November.

Chan, 22, had rounds of 71, 72, 76, 72 for a three-over-par total of 291. She was 13 shots behind the winner, Ecuador’s Daniela Darquea.

Her coach, Brad Schadewitz, said Chan was now looking forward to a break after a hectic schedule in which she made history for Hong Kong by qualifying for the Olympics. She finished 37th overall in a field of 60 in Rio.

“The goal was to make it through qualifying and she got the job done,” Schadewitz said.

“She has been playing well but she was mentally and physically tired after Rio. She also felt the heat got to her a bit.”

Chan will return to her studies at the University of California this week and then fly to Mexico for the World Amateur Team Championships from September 11.

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